An imagined version of the town centre. Image – Supplied.
  • The vision prioritises the pedestrian experience
  • Architect from OMA have been appointed to the design
  • The first stage is to be completed in 2024

Initial plans for a new $100 million town centre in Sunbury South have been submitted to the City of Hume in Vitoria with renowned architects OMA appointed to design the centre.

Sandhurst Retail & Logistics (SRL) submitted the Urban Design Framework (UDF). THis outlines a long term project to be delivered over a series of stages.

The first stage is forecasted to be complete in 2024.

This stage is to include a commercial and retail spaces with a supermarket and discount department store.

Dining and outdoor amenities are also featured in the pedestrian-friendly environment with green space, seating, undercover areas and wetlands.

OMA was heavily involved in the recently opened WA Museum Boola Bardi in Perth which was recognised for excellence at the WA Landscape Architecture Awards.

Paul Jones, OMA director, belives the town centre will be unique.

“We definitely looked to reinvent the concept of a town centre.”

Paul Jones, OMA director

“We’ve consolidated uses around very clear public circulation strategies; rather than spreading uses broadly around the precinct, we’re tightening it up and bringing it closer together, so there’s a better concentration of use, activation and connection for people,” said Mr Jones.

The pedestrian experience is underscored as a prioroty for the plan.

The town centre is inteded to cater for the growing population of the town which is located on the outskirts of Melbourne.

According to forecasts by .id Sunbury’s population will more than double in the coming years.

SRL senior development manager Jim Athanas believes the project will be valuable to the area’s growth and evolution.

“It’s no secret that the regions are in the midst of a renaissance, driven largely by COVID lockdowns, shifting lifestyle priorities, and increased work-from-home capabilities, as well as the Homebuilder grant and regional First Home Owner Grant.”

“This rapid growth underpins the need for highquality retail assets developed alongside housing.”

Jim Athanas, SRL senior development manager

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